Update on storm potential for Tuesday

The Storm Prediction Center has put our area in the ‘marginal’ category for severe storms. Right now the only dynamic that could cause any kind of severe thunderstorm would be gusty winds. We will see gusts of 25 mph, but with thunderstorms there a slight chance of seeing winds increase past 50 mph. I would say that right now there is not a lot of confidence that these storms become severe across our area. The better chance would be from Indianapolis to southern Indiana and Dayton to Cincinnati. We will keep you updated if anything changes with thunderstorm severity and these gusty…

Warmer winters

Coming off of Fort Wayne’s 9th warmest January on record, you might not be too surprised to learn that Fort Wayne’s winter seasons over the past 45 years have been trending warmer and warmer, although there have been some quite cold years in the mix, too. On the whole, though, the average temperature for the months of Dec., Jan., and Feb. combined has risen 2.7°.

National drought update

In the latest U.S. Drought Monitor just released, there is not a single part of the country recognized as being in the category of “Exceptional Drought”…that’s the driest you can get. This is a neat, and quite significant, fact. You see, it’s been nearly six years, since March 2011, since we were last able to make that claim.

Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act

“This bill requires the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to prioritize weather research to improve weather data, forecasts, and warnings for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.”